Calendar

Dec
8
Sat
SoFo Cleans the Beach: All Ages
Dec 8 @ 8:00 am

Program Leaders: South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Environmental Educators.

If you have ever been to the museum and spoken to any of our educators, you know how much we care about preserving the healthy, natural environment of the South Fork. This is clearly a part of the mission of the museum itself, which is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment. The SoFo staff has decided that—to uphold the mission of the museum—we need to take direct action to help keep Long Island habitats pollution-free. That’s why we are doing our “SoFo Cleans the Beach” programs.  We hope you will join us for this program to pick up as much trash as possible. We will tally what type of trash we find and, when we are finished, weigh it out. Over time, we will be able to get an idea of the kind of trash that is washing up on our beaches—and we can knowledgeably advocate avoiding those materials in the future. We’re excited to continue this program and hope you will join us in reaching our goal of keeping our hometown beaches pollution-free!

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

SoFo Members Only Holiday Event – Join now to attend: All Ages
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We are very happy to invite all of our members to a special members-only day at The South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SOFO) on Saturday, December 8.  SOFO is a place for children and adults of all ages to discover, explore, learn, and engage.

We look forward to celebrating our members and their families who support our mission to teach and inspire all of us to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come. Adults and children of all ages are invited.  For those who have not yet joined, please fill out your membership form (attached), and bring it to our event on December 8.  You can also fax your form to 631-537-9621 or email it to Crystal at membership@sofo.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR DAY’S SCHEDULE

10am -11am Museum Open to Members-Only: 

A general visit to the museum and an introduction to SOFO’s exciting new interactive shark exhibit.

11am-12pm

A Jackson Pollock Drip Painting workshop “I AM NATURE”  directed by acclaimed children’s book author/artist, Joyce Raimondo, who is Education Coordinator for the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Create an abstract painting and express yourself as your emotions guide you.

All paint supplies and canvases will be provided

12pm – 1pm

Healing Headbands Workshop that combines the healing power of laughter and art led by Founder Barbara Grapstein

Express yourself by painting an image which is custom printed on special soft UV protected fabric, which is then sewn onto headbands.

1pm – 2pm

Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds

Feeding wild birds in winter is especially important in our area, where development has removed a good deal of natural winter food resources for local birds. Join us in this holiday tradition and make bird-friendly decorations for a holiday tree using seeds, suet, and dried fruits. You’ll also be able to make some of these treats to take home and use as decorations on your own “holiday tree” for the birds. Bring a shoebox to take home some of your decorations

2pm – 3pm

            Food and refreshments

            Pizza, popcorn, and juice will be available for guests

3pm – 4pm

Erik’s Reptile Edventures

With 21 years of veterinary and teaching experience, Erik Callender presents the Reptile Rescue Awareness program which features live reptiles and amphibians that were rescued from various situations. Each program is created to inspire participants to enjoy and respect nature.

 

We look forward to seeing you on December 8!

Dec
9
Sun
Winter Beach Exploration with Miles, SoFo Environmental Educator: All Ages
Dec 9 @ 10:30 am

Walk Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Long Island’s beaches are one of its most popular summer destinations. Wild animals and people alike love to bask on the sandy shores and cool down in the waves. But how does this iconic local habitat change for the winter months? Join Miles for a walk along one of our local beaches to learn all about the winter ecology of our shorelines. Let’s go see what the tide brought in!

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Museum Closed for Private Birthday Party: 3-4pm
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
13
Thu
Museum Closed for Private Party: 12-4pm
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
15
Sat
SoFo’s Young Birder’s Club with New Club Leader Miles Todaro: Children 8-18
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am

Club Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outside! The South Fork Natural History Museum is delighted to continue hosting its Young Birders Club. The club, which meets on the third Saturday of every month, is open to anyone ages 8-18 interested in learning about birds. We’ll focus on birding in local areas, since Long Island has many great habitats that are home to a wide variety of species.

New club leader Miles Todaro will join the two club advisors, both avid birders: Frank Quevedo, the South Fork Natural History (SoFo) Executive Director, and Barbara Blaisdell. Please bring binoculars if you have them (we have a few pairs to lend) and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds: A SoFo Family Workshop
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop Leaders: South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Staff

Feeding wild birds in winter is especially important in our area, where development has removed a good deal of natural winter food resources for local birds. Join the SoFo staff in what has become a holiday tradition and make bird-friendly decorations for a holiday tree using seeds, suet, and dried fruits. You’ll also be able to make some of these treats to take home and use as decorations on your own “holiday tree” for the birds. Bring a shoebox to take home some of your decorations. Material fee $5 participant

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Dec
16
Sun
Nature Drawing for Children—Mammals & How They Move: Family/Children Ages 6+
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop leader: Tara Smith, Artist and Educator

In this new drawing series with Tara Smith, have fun drawing some of the creatures who live in our local environment and learn how they are structured and move. You’ll become familiar with the names and features of animal anatomy while learning to draw.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Dec
19
Wed
Museum Closed for Private Party: 12-4pm
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
21
Fri
Full Cold Moon Hike at SoFo with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Photo Credit: Michael Gil

Hike Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt & South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), and afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonshine.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.